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Family Science Project Sends Video Camera to the Edges of Space

Luke Geissbuhler and his kids decided they wanted to send an HD video camera high into the stratosphere, so they spent eight months researching and testing for their project before finally launching their Go Pro Hero HD-laden balloon from Newburgh, New York. The balloon rose for 70 minutes to a height of 100,000 feet (19 miles) above the Earth before popping.

The video includes audio, so you get to experience what it looks and sounds like to be floating 19 miles above the Earth, surrounded by the blackness of space.

(via Photojojo)


 
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  • Anonymous

    Absolutely amazing. Dad of the year award to this guy for doing something incredible with his kids.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely amazing. Dad of the year award to this guy for doing something incredible with his kids.

  • Mikeprice4269

    The fact this was a family project out of fun makes it all the more cooler!
    Go check out the B.E.A.R club, they do the same thing but on a more professional level!

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Great!

  • Ninjarobotman

    What if this camera had fallen down and struck a child in the head? Dangerous and irresponsible.

  • andrewjkatz

    A group of students put together a project similar to this using a hacked Canon point and shoot and a flip video. Glad to see that others are getting to space also.
    Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewjose … 713357432/
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vik-xODcacY

  • andrewjkatz

    A group of students put together a project similar to this using a hacked Canon point and shoot and a flip video. Glad to see that others are getting to space also.
    Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewjose … 713357432/
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vik-xODcacY

  • Buffaloaf

    and all our Dad did when we were kids was beat us…

    Awesome video

  • Anonymous

    holy crap you’re a goober. Anyways, this entire project is awesome and I’m sure will provide these kids with lifelong memories. Quite amazing.

  • Gordo

    Awesome cool !!

  • Anonymous

    Erm, what happens if this thing gets sucked into the engine of an airplane as it’s ascending / descending?

  • Rgroom

    That is incredible, memories that will last forever!

  • Kim

    What happens if a bird (Which admittedly is only slightly more common then such a craft) is sucked into the engine of an aeroplane?

    Fuck some people are dumb.

  • Anonymous

    A bird is ever so slightly less dense that this camera rig. Neither are as dense as you are though.

    A bird is also immune from penalisation from the law. I’m just wondering what would happen if, God forbid this balloon or a similar project caused an airplane to crash. Would the guy be held accountable?

    Feel free to contribute to the discussion if you can manage the civility.

  • Derke

    I’ve been working on a project like this for around 7 months. I have everything needed (stills only though), including heating for the camera/Arduino setup I have incased in polystyrene.

    Guess what?

    The CAA (Britain) wouldn’t let me send it up, for the very reasons people are mentioning above.

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  • D Myers57

    You are not a goober, you are a socialist democrat loser.

  • Dmyers57

    What a bunch of bull!!!!

  • Vbb148

    totaly cool

  • Vbb148

    the bird gets chewed up just like the baloon, pilot would make for an emergency landing and investigation would start. hopefully the guy wore rubber gloves and filed all the serial numbers off. if God forbid this baloon, A: there would be no gravity or B:(most likly) it would have popped and they might have given up due to the time it might/will take to build another baloon, which in turn the parents would encurage mentos and a 2 liter bottle of coke.

  • cleo

    What a fantastic project! Inspiring what was done with stuff any of us can get (and not on a NASA budget)

  • http://whynokia.wordpress.com/ Ara

    New York Magazine change the whole story like this: Brooklyn Dad and Kid Send iPhone Into Outer Space http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/10/brooklyn_dad_and_kid_send_ipho.html
    HD video camera became iPhone.

    There has more story so I wrote http://aboutnokia.tumblr.com/post/1338966163/how-iphone-maniacs-and-geeks-distort-story

    Oh, I forgot. Thank you for the good story. :)

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